S. Korean unification minister hosts dinner meeting for ranking DPRK delegation

Exclusive: US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace Prize

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (R) shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during a lunch meeting in Seoul on February 11, 2018.

Kim Jong Un dispatched his 30-year-old sister, Kim Yo Jong, as part of the delegation.

American skaters Lana Gehring and Maame Biney enjoyed the presence of the North Korean supporters.

"We should firmly keep in mind that any talks where denuclearisation is not a precondition only buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive fa├žade", said Chang Je-won, spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party. South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun went to Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007 respectively to meet the current leader's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il.

SEOUL - South Korean President Moon Jae In pushed back against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's request at their meeting on Friday to carry out a U.S.

The meeting in the Cheong Wa Dae was held in a "friendly" mood, where the two sides exchanged their views on a wide range of issues, including inter-Korean ties and other matters concerning the Korean Peninsula, according to the spokesperson. The delegation has been in the country since arriving Friday to attend the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. United States Vice-President Mike Pence was also present and led the USA delegation.

Winter Olympics organisers confirm 177 total norovirus cases at PyeongChang
It added that of the 177 cases, 68 had recovered and had been released from quarantine and returned to work at the Games. Kim, on the other hand, "is a very effective tip of the spear for the North Korean charm offensive", Oba said .

He didn't say what those conditions were, but he urged North Korea to open a dialogue with the United States, suggesting no diplomatic progress could be made without US participation.

The North has sent its athletes to Pyeongchang, along with cheerleaders and performers, and dispatched a diplomatic delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, its ceremonial head of state, technically its highest-level official ever to visit the South.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in sat next to the powerful sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un at a concert in Seoul by musicians from Pyongyang, as conservative protesters burned the North's national flag outside on Sunday.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the North's ruling family to set foot in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War, and was in the stands with Moon and Kim Yong Nam to support the two sides' unified women's ice hockey on Saturday - their first joint team at any Olympics.

The thaw in relations has centered on the Olympics, with a senior American member of the International Olympic Committee calling for the joint ice hockey team, which included 12 North Korean players, to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

To ensure the North's participation at the Games, this time Seoul persuaded Washington to delay annual joint military drills that always infuriate Pyongyang.

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